President Edgar Lungu has urged officers in the security wings to remain non partisan as the nation goes to the polls.
President Lungu says this is important as their duty is to maintain peace and security for all Zambians and the nation at large.
Speaking when he commissioned 48 newly built housing units for Police officers in Lusaka’s Chelstone police camp this afternoon, President Lungu says the houses are part of the 2, 350 housing units being constructed throughout the country at a total cost of US$320 million.
He says government is equal to the task and determined to mitigate the country’s infrastructure deficit in general and the housing shortage in particular affecting officers in the defence and security institutions, within the short and medium term.
President Lungu has since thanked Avic International, the contractors for the project, for heeding to the call to complete the houses before March month end after commencing construction works in September last year.
Speaking earlier, Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila says government will do the ground breaking for the construction of more Police houses in Kabwe and on the Copperbelt in the first week of April.
And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says the police officers have been struggling with the shortage of staff accommodation for many years, and that efforts by government to accommodate them are recommendable as they are aimed at motivating staff to work harder.